Waterloo pharmacy offering free HIV testing

WATERLOO, Iowa – Imagine not knowing you’re sick.

The Iowa Department of Public Health says too many people are living with HIV and are unaware of their infection.

Now, Iowa pharmacies are hoping to change that.

HIV is a virus that can decrease your ability to fight off infections. If left untreated, it could lead to AIDS and possibly death.

That’s why multiple pharmacies in Iowa are offering free HIV Testing, hoping to get more people the care they need.

Waterloo’s Greenwood Pharmacy and Compounding Center is one of the pharmacies that is a part of this initiative.

Pharmacist Robert Nichols says, “The test is very simple. It’s a single finger prick, similar to if you were getting your blood glucose tested, and you usually have your results in about three minutes.”

Nichols says, “One in seven people have HIV, but just don’t know their status.”**

In Iowa alone, as of December 31st, 2017, there was just under 3,000 people in Iowa with HIV.

Nichols says he thinks their Waterloo pharmacy may have been chosen as a free testing location because not enough people in the area are getting the tests they need.

He says if you would like to get tested, you can go to Greenwood Pharmacy and ask to speak to a pharmacist in a private counseling room.

If you do test positive, they will help you with the next steps to get care.

Here are some of the other eastern Iowa locations giving free tests:

Greenwood Pharmacy

2104 Kimball Ave

Waterloo, IA 50702



NuCara Pharmacy

209 E San Marnan Suite 100

Waterloo, IA 50702



UnityPoint Prairie Parkway Pharmacy

5100 Prairie Parkway Suite 300

Cedar Falls, IA 50613



Covenant Medical Center

3421 W. 9th Street

Waterloo, IA 50702



Donlon Pharmacy

201 W Water St

Decorah, IA 52101



More pharmacies are expected to join this initiative next year.

** This quote has been corrected by Kellie Staiert at the Iowa Pharmacy Associated. Staiert says “1 in 7 people have HIV” is incorrect and that it’s 1 in 7 people living with HIV do not know they have it.

Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

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